I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Betty for several years now…she’s the soul who shelters strays…bi-peds and quadra-peds equally. In a past life, without doubt, she offered warm soup and cool drinks to any traveller who wandered by her door. I imagine that she kept a candle in the window too…
I’m proud to think of Betty as a friend and encourage you to visit her booth, take her knitted earflap hat class on Sunday and ask questions. Betty is extremely knowlegable about fiber…from the hoof to the knitting needle/loom…but it would never cross her mind to overwhelm you with information. Because she draws from years of experience, she tends to assume everyone knows the difference between Churro and Romney.
When presented with our interview questions, Betty responded:
1. The unauthorized biography of your life is titled: I thought I would be a farmers wife!
2. If forced to choose, would you be an eraser or a permanent magic marker?
8 horses: 2 tennessee walking horses, 2 halflingers, 1 Andalusian, 1 spotted draft, 2 foals.
2 alpacas HD and kebbler
30 + sheep half the flock are registered romneys and half the flock are Navajo Churros. i select for color so i have an interesting flock.
4. What are you currently reading? The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell
5. What is the most surprising response to your art you have ever received? i won the 2009 Maine state “make it with wool” contest for a shawl i made from home spun wool from my flock. It was made of the bits and pieces of wool that did not sell at the markets. i only entered it on a whim and a friend modeled it for me so i could man my booth. i was very surprised and pleased.
6. How do you know when your work is done?
it never is
7. What do you listen to while you create?
the sounds of nature around my log cabin in the woods of Winterport Maine
i spin to relax and enjoy the feel of the fibers .i weave to learn more about and art that i love. i knit to make item to keep me and my family and friends warm. i felt for fun.
9. What do you know that you don’t know?
i know that i do not know what the future will bring
10. How does, or should, the word “passion” relate to an artist?
i hope that everyone that uses fiber, especially handspun yarn, has a passion to create and let themselves work outside the lines.
11. Looking back, knowing what you know now, is there anything that you would do differently?
i would have raised sheep my whole life. i had a nice flock of corridales and a young woman but i sold them due to an injury. i wish i had found a way to keep the flock. i have had a new flock for 5 years and i love them.
12. A lot of artists want to be famous, and some just want to make a living doing what they love. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
i hope to retire from my real job, (cable splicer for the telephone company) in 5-10 years and keep on raising sheep. i would really like to become a better weaver and use the products my Navajo churro sheep produce. i love the sturdy wool. i want to make beautiful outer wear and handbags and rugs.
relax! let the fiber be what it is a natural product from the farm.
14. When it’s time to tap your creativity, where do you go to get the juices flowing?
to my cabin in the woods
15. How many projects do you generally have going at one time?
2 or 3. i spin and knit and sometimes i have a weaving project going.
You can find Betty on Ravelry…she’s the logcabinqueen